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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 13

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Integrate diversity into next generation

While our nation grows more divided, racially and culturally, whose job is it to provide a rich multicultural education that will help children combat institutional racism and inequity?
Who will equip our students with relevant knowledge as they are met with mis-education and fear mongering regarding race and culture?
Schools have led the way for social change and progress. Let us not hesitate now to dig into and intentionally integrate the diverse contributions of this nation.
Let us not settle for scantily squeezing the contributions of minorities into a designated month. Blacks, Hispanics, women and other minorities have given themselves to the building and betterment of this nation, while fighting fiercely to shape us into a “More Perfect Union.”
While Schenectady schools are engaging in challenging, yet consistent conversations around race and culture, I contend that culturally responsive teaching is not reserved for diverse schools.
Students attending predominantly white schools need to learn about diversity in a meaningful and integrated manner so that the spirit of Martin Luther King’s dream is realized. King didn’t want blacks and whites to stand together in tolerance, but rather to stand with each other in love, hope and trust. We cannot legislate that. We must teach that.
Let’s extend diverse education past a Black History Month fact of the day in February to sleepy teens. Let us prepare all of our children to be culturally sophisticated, richly and diversely educated activists and thinkers that will build stronger, more inclusive and righteous communities.
Black history is our history.
Kathleen Wylie

We can’t let anger get the best of us

I just finished reading an article on the 1945 atomic bombing of Japan. We at home thought the war would never end. When it did, our fear then became the atomic bomb.
At times, as I read The Gazette opinion page, I find odious letters about Trump, and letters on the existential threats of global warming. I don’t mind the critical letters, the demonstrations against Trump or the claims of global warming ending the world by 2030. These are our First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments, endowed by our creator.
My fears are what will happen in November 2020, if Trump wins the election. Will the demonstrations get to fever pitch? Will the letters become more hateful, and God forbid, will there be bloodshed?
With the history of World War II in our past, hopefully we the people will have the foresight to see how a molehill of anger can develop into a mountain of hate.
When that happens, we all lose.
Vince Alescio
Clifton Park

Distinguish between the levels of opioids

I fully understand the downside of opioids. However, I think in some cases the precautions have gone too far.
There are many different opioids, from brutally strong to mild.
To force lock-down control on all of them regardless of strength and quantity is to take away some very effective medications.
I seem to get a bad flu every winter (shots make no difference). For several days, the uncontrolled coughing causes several physical issues and a near complete lack of sleep.
Over-the-counter cough medications do not do anything. The usual script from the doctor doesn’t do anything. I finally found out about Tussionex, a cough syrup with a touch of codeine (hydrocodone). It is amazing. It relaxes my chest and it allows me to get some sleep. It works. It comes in a small bottle, with roughly a 3-day supply.
My point is, I recently had a bad flu, and my doctors’ office refused to prescribe it. I reminded them I have been using it with great success for years. Sorry, it’s a controlled substance. So what? It works. Why not permit the reasonable use of these amazing medicines? The vast majority of people dying from opioids do so from Fentanyl or heroin, not cough syrup. Don’t lump them all together.
Bill Denison
Burnt Hills

Romney proves to be a stand-up man

I wanted to give a shout-out to Mitt Romney, who is a Republican senator from the state of Utah, for casting his vote for the “abuse of power” article in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
He stood up to his red state of Utah, the Republican Party and Mr. Trump. He made this vote because he clearly saw a significant abuse of power by President Trump in trying to intimidate the president of Ukraine to get dirt on the Bidens, withholding military aid to the Ukraine and pursuing the conspiracy theory of the Democratic National Committee  server somehow being located in the Ukraine.
Mr. Romney will be punished by his Republican colleagues, as well as the White House, for his courage, honesty and morality. At least there is one stand-up man left in the Republican Party.
Douglas McFadden

Trump unchained to inflict more damage

We’re starting out the new decade badly.
This so-called president has declared war on our environment, pulled us out of the Paris Climate Agreement, pushed the United States to the brink of war with Iran, insulted non-white congressional representatives telling them to go back where they came from.
Then his attempt to extort another country into doing a political favor and obstruction of Congress was rewarded by his Senate sycophants with acquittal. After believing he was exonerated by the Mueller report (the prosecutor listed more than 10 examples of the president’s obstruction of justice), the would-be king took swift action to lean on Ukrainian President Zelensky to get information on Joe Biden. Now that Trump believes he’s above the law, what will he do next?
Barbara Trypaluk
Saratoga Springs

Change the signs to resolve Rt. 30 issues

To alleviate the problems at the Routes 30/30A intersection, remove Route 30 from that hill and the T intersection. No construction is needed, just some signs.
No longer designate that section as part of NYSRT 30. Instead, have it follow Route 7 to the intersection as Route 30A does from the west. Then make it Route 30 from there.
Maybe that section could become a county road.
There is a slight downgrade from the I-88 overpass, but no T intersections.
As for other Route 30 problems, I have no suggestions, as any of my trips have been tranquil.
Richard C. Vedder

Thanks for editorial on power imbalance

I am completely in agreement with your Feb. 8 editorial “Justice still favors the powerful.”
There are many examples to highlight and Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is just the most recent.
They come from the private sector too. Witness the recent letter-writing campaign to lighten the sentence of attorney Al Hessberg.
Ultimately, the judge did the right thing and gave him the justice that he deserved, but the whole letter-writing episode just reeked of injustice and privilege.
Could we somehow start a letter-writing campaign of our own?
Let’s write to judges and remind them of the importance of having one system of justice, not two of them where one serves the rich and powerful and the other serves the rest of us.
Anyway, great editorial. It’s why your paper is so readable, supportable and relevant.  
Thank you.
Thomas P. Whalen

Grateful for Nisky snow removal crews

In the 43 years I have been a resident of Niskayuna, I have always been impressed by the job the Highway Department does in clearing our roads of snow.
One can tell they’re in Niskayuna by the condition of the roads. Thank you all who are responsible.
David Orcutt

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